| Forestry training manual for the Africa region |
Total time 4 hours
- To collect data to be used in agro-forestry projects,
- To interview people in the neighboring community.
This session introduces the trainees to the collection of data which can be found in the community using a list of questions. The trainees experience for the first time talking with strangers about forestry issues and community attitudes. This session also gives the neighboring community an opportunity to meet potential Peace Corps Volunteers.
1. Community Interviews
Flip chart with interview questions.
Exercise 1 Community Interviews
Total time 4 hours
- To interview community members using a set of questions,
- To obtain data for an agro-forestry project.
During this session, the trainees are asked to go into a local community to interview residents using a set format to collect forestry data for use in later sessions. The trainees also test interviewing skills and serve as representatives of Pence Corps in the community as such, they are encouraged to dress and comport themselves in a professional manner.
1. the trainer gives the trainees the following list of questions to ask in the community
A. Climatic data (local beliefs and official in formation);
- problems; beliefs; frequency and seriousness, frost? hail? drought? storms?
B. Uses of forest products;
- local uses - prices,
- commercial uses - prices.
C. Forest problems.
D. Local attitudes and/or traditions related to trees or forests.
E. The ten most common trees local and scientific names.
F. Agricultural crops that are grown that might have agro-forestry potential.
G. Fruit trees.
- general soil types,
- erosion problems,
- attempts at erosion control.
I. Land tenure;
- ownership patterns,
- size of holdings.
J. Animals (wild and domestic) and their influence on forestry.
K. Measurements and equivalents;
- local land measurements,
- local distance measurements,
- forest product measurements.
2. The trainer gives the trainees a schedule for being dropped and picked up and assigned areas for the interviews. He/she also mentions that they are Peace Corps Trainees and are representing Peace Corps to fellow Americans - many of whom are unaware of Peace Corps' activities in recent years. They must also be prepared to be interviewed by community members.
Trainer’s Note: We checked with the vice mayor about having the trainees interview people. He thought that the people of Oracle would be very receptive. The trainees collected a great deal more data than we expected and did an excellent public relations service for Peace Corps.
3. The trainees are transported to sites for data collection and returned.
4. The trainers ask groups to report on the events of the last three hours but not to report the data. Each group shares events and outcome of activity. 5. The trainer wraps-up the session by asking if trainees think that they might have similar experiences in Africa? He/she reminds the trainees that the data will be used later for agro-forestry projects. Some of the interaction skills that they used will be sharpened during the next few weeks.
30 - 40 minutes